8 Veterans With Incredible Stories Of Service, Survival, and Spirit

The Fourth of July is near! This is a time when we appreciate our right to freedom and when we give credit where credit is due. American soldiers throughout history and in current day have done incredible things both in combat and in their own lives.  Here are 8 veterans whose stories bravery and survival deserve to be shared.

1. Max Cleland, Vietnam War

Politics Daily

Max Cleland lost both of his legs and his right arm in the Vietnam War after a grenade exploded. That didn’t stop Max, however. Cleland went on to be the youngest administrator of the Veterans Administration and served as a Senator from Georgia for six years.

2. William Frederick Nice, World War I

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William Frederick Nice served in the World War I as a 12 year old Marine. I could never imagine being in the Marines at age 12 and this man was being given the nickname “Gunner Nice of the Devil-Dogs.”  Remarkable.

3. Krystyna Kalski, Iraq

Library of Congress

In 2001, Krystyna joined the Army even after her father told her it was inappropriate for a woman to be a part of the Army. Her desire to serve her country outshined her reservation to disturb the status quo.

4. Jen Carver Comer, Iraq

After Jen served two tours in Iraq she went right to school. She graduated from Weber State University in Utah this past May, she plans to get her masters in criminal justice and has a 5-year-old son, T.J.. Is there anything this girl can’t do?

5. Roman Baca

Via Zachary Maxwell Stertz

Roman Baca is a former Marine that is now the artistic director of Exit 12, a dance company that "educates audiences about the reality of war, advocate diversity and mutual understanding through cultural exchange, and champion the humanity and dignity of all persons."

6. Robert Fisher, World War II

Mansfield News Journal

At 95 years old, this World War II army engineer is still keeping himself busy. He mows his lawn and opens a McDonald’s everyday at 6 am. Earlier this year he received his high school diploma—it’s never too late for education.

7. Clare O'Brien, World War II

Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center

Clare was sick of her job at a financial company so she joined the military. After seeing recruits signing up across the street, Clare knew that it was her duty to follow her mother’s footsteps and serve her country. Eventually she would become a 1st Lt. in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps.

8. Tony Porta, Iraq

Daily News

6 years ago, Tony Porta was badly burned in a roadside IED explosion, leaving 80% of his body horribly disfigured. With these kinds of wounds, it’s natural to fear discrimination. Tony, however, has found happiness; he currently lives in his childhood home with a loving wife and son.

Skid Row Carnival of Love Highlights Help for Homeless

Help us celebrate this year's 6th Annual "Skid Row Carnival of Love" on SAT January 25th, 2020. This event promotes human kindness for those experiencing homelessness in and around downtown Los Angeles. To commemorate the event, OGTV is sharing the story we premiered in June, 2019... so watch, enjoy, and support this humanitarian effort.

Skid Row – the image that immediately comes to mind is not pretty… a desolate street with boarded up windows…downtrodden people lurking in the shadows...broken glass…darkness…despair ... The Skid Row Carnival of Love is an initiative that is working to build community by providing resources and love to an often forgotten, and overlooked sector of one our largest cities: Los Angeles' homeless population of Skid Row. For one day, it's all about unconditional love and coming together as a community.

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Rescue, Transform, Share: How an Ohio Soup Shack Is Saving Lives

"It really does take a village to help people," says Sandra Lettie, a volunteer with La Soupe in Cincinnati, Ohio. La Soupe is helping to build and activate just such a "village" of compassionate people from the local area around the goal of producing food from discarded produce and providing it to families in need.

According to La Soupe's CEO, Suzy DeYoung, the organization's central mission is to "rescue, transform, and share." First, volunteers with La Soupe visit grocery stores and farms to pick up produce that was going to be discarded and "rescue" it for use in the soups that the team creates. That produce is then "transformed" into healthy, delicious food by the chefs at La Soupe. Finally, the food is "shared" with those in the local community who need it.

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Sweepstakes Winner Gets Unforgettable NASCAR Experience!

Stacy Comilang from Preston, CT., likes to think of herself as a "need for speed" kind of girl. She is a fan of NASCAR and had been to a few races while growing up in California. Even though she has never driven in a car much faster than the speed limit, or been in a race car, she would love to do both. Little did she know that when she casually entered a sweepstakes on the Coke website this past spring, that both of these dreams would soon come true!

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Man Goes on Cross-Country Hugging Tour To Spread Love

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Dan's Coffee Runs Bring Warmth To Chemo Patients and Staff

Coffee and a smile are sometimes the best medicine. When Dan Dewey's father was being treated for cancer, Dan found himself following a routine in a situation which needed a little perking up.

Thus began what has become known as "Dan's Coffee Run". Every Thursday morning, Dan does a special coffee run for the staff and patients at the Michigan Cancer Institute in Bloomfield Hills, bringing Starbucks Coffee and a lot of smiles to the patients and providers at the cancer treatment center.

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This Organization Feeds Their Entire Community

If you are a kid and your bed is a lumpy, old couch or a cold, hard floor and you leave home for school without a regular breakfast, you will not excel in your classes. This daily struggle is shockingly common in many areas of the country and it sets many children on a downward spiral at an early age that is difficult to recover from. This is where Meals By Grace is making a difference.

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Anonymous Authors of Love Letters Uplift The Lonely

While it is exciting to see the bold type of a newly arrived email from an old friend or the pulsing dots of a long awaited text, there is still something special about the arrival of a hand written, stamped envelope in your home mailbox.

For those who are facing personal difficulties, adjusting to new circumstances, or just feeling isolated, the physical experience of handling a letter, opening the sealed side of the envelope, and sliding out a beautiful card brings the thrill and anticipation of contact with another person, something they may been missing for long time. Fulfilling this need is at the heart of an inspiring organization called "The World Needs More Love letters".

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A Father, A Son, And A Hockey Fan’s Dream Come True!

Coca-Cola, Shaw's Supermarkets, and the Boston Bruins have teamed up to make one lucky Bruins fan's dream come true. After purchasing a Coke from Shaw's in the New England area, contestants were encouraged to enter for a chance to win a "Player for a Day Experience" with the Boston Bruins.

The lucky winner's name is Mark Karolkiewicz. Mark has been a Bruins fan his whole life and even though he had the opportunity to be a Bruins Player for a Day, he selflessly gave the prize to his son Eric Karolkiewicz, also a die-hard Bruins fan!

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